Dean Nalder

Dean Cambell Nalder MLA (born 5 February 1966) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia since 2013, representing the seat of Alfred Cove until 2017 and Bateman following the 2017 electoral boundary re-distribution. He is the current Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Energy.[1]

Dean Nalder

Dean Nalder MLA, Member for Bateman, WA with wife Colette Nalder.jpg
Dean Nalder MLA with wife Colette Nalder
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for Bateman
Assumed office
11 March 2017
Preceded byMatt Taylor
Personal details
Dean Cambell Nalder

(1966-02-05) 5 February 1966 (age 54)
Narrogin, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia

Early lifeEdit

Nalder was born in Narrogin and raised on a farm in Wagin in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region. His father,[2][circular reference] Cambell Nalder, was a National Party member of parliament and grandfather,[3][circular reference] Sir Crawford Nalder, was the leader of the Country Party of Western Australia and the Deputy Premier of Western Australia.[4][circular reference]

[5] Nalder attended Wesley College, Perth for his Secondary School education.

[5] He attended Curtin University of Technology, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business, Economics and Financial Management in 1988.

In 1995, Nalder completed a graduate diploma in applied finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.[5]

He has worked in wealth management and mortgage lending, ultimately as a General Manager, Retail Bank for South Australia and WA for ANZ.[6]

Australian Rules football CareerEdit

[7] Between 1988 and 1991, Nalder represented South Fremantle Football Club, appearing in 30 matches in the West Australian Football League (WAFL).[8]

Nalder represented South Fremantle for the 2nd Semi-Final of the WAFL in 1989 as a Centre-half forward.[9]

Nalder Retired in 1992 due to Injuries.


Nalder entered parliament at the 2013 state election, winning the seat of Alfred Cove from the independent incumbent Janet Woollard.[10][11] Following the resignation of Troy Buswell from the Barnett Ministry on 10 March 2014, Nalder was appointed Minister for Transport and Minister for Finance. He replaced Mike Nahan (who had been elevated to Treasurer) in the latter position.[1]

Nalder was removed as Minister of Finance in December 2014 after allegations emerged of potential conflicts of interest between his private business interests and his ministerial responsibilities.[12] The allegations included that he had failed to properly disclose a personal investment he had made in Metier Asia and had a potential conflict of interest relating to a car leasing company which provided services to public servants under a scheme administered by his own department. Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett ordered a review of Nalder's private financial interests and, despite the review finding no evidence that Nalder had sought or gained any personal benefit, criticised him for "serious errors of judgement" and demoted him as the Minister for Finance. Nalder accepted his demotion and acknowledged that he had made mistakes which had "created the perception of a potential wrong-doing."[13]

In October 2015, WA Auditor General Colin Murphy found Nalder's refusal to provide information to Parliament about the controversial Perth Freight Link was "not appropriate" and "not reasonable".[14]

MAX Light RailEdit

MAX Light Rail was a proposed light rail network promised by the Liberal Party in the lead up to the 2013 election.

Construction of the first stage was originally scheduled to begin in 2016, and be completed by the end of 2018. However, in 2015 Nalder deferred the project for three years in response to the Barnett Governement's financial woes and the loss of the state's AAA Credit Rating.[15] Under the new timeframe the MAX network was to open in 2022.

In April 2014, Nalder became Minister for Transport just a year after entering Parliament. Nalder announced the government would investigate splitting the project into two parts, to allow an earlier start to be made on construction with priority given to the Balga - CBD section.[15]

In March 2015, Nalder announced the government was considering using buses to implement the MAX route rather than light rail. Nalder said a preliminary analysis suggested that using buses would cost approximately 50% less than a light rail system.[16] At the time, Nalder denied this represented a broken promise.[16]

In February 2016, Nalder announced another change, this time promising a heavy rail line.[17]

In June 2016 Nalder confirmed that the MAX light rail plan had been cancelled. While still planning a northern transport corridor, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said it would not be implemented using light rail and instead would use other alternatives.[18]

In September 2016, Nalder resigned from the ministry, stating he no longer supported Colin Barnett as leader of the Liberal Party[19] Days after his resignation, Nalder announced that he would stand for the Liberal Party leadership if a spill motion was successful. The spill motion was moved at a partyroom meeting by one of his supporters, Murray Cowper, but was defeated 31–15, and Nalder subsequently stated that he had "no further interest in any challenge".[20]

In November 2020, Nalder announced he would run for the Liberal leadership following Liza Harvey's resignation four months out from the 2021 Western Australian state election.[21]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Mr Dean Cambell Nalder MLA". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Cambell Nalder". Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Sir Crawford Nalder". Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Deputy Premier of Western Australia". Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Dean Nalder's Education". Linked in. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Corporate". Dean Nalder. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Player Stats". WAFL Footy Facts. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  8. ^ "South Fremantle League Players 1900 - 2010" (PDF). South Fremantle Football Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  9. ^ "TRIVIA THURSDAY". Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Alfred Cove - 2013 Western Australian Election". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Big names back Alfred Cove". The West Australian. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  12. ^ "WA Minister Dean Nalder stripped of finance portfolio after conflict of interest concerns". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Dean Nalder loses Finance in reshuffle". West Australian. Seven West Media. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  14. ^ Foster, Brendan (3 February 2016). "Perth subway: has Dean Nalder finally become a liability to the Liberal party?". WAtoday. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Perth's $2b light rail plan gets reboot". PerthNow. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Move from rail to buses 'not a broken promise': Nalder". 8 March 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Perth to Morley underground line mooted instead of light rail". 2 February 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  18. ^ "WA abandons light rail promise in long-term transport plan". 21 June 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  19. ^ Brendan Foster, "Liberal party in tatters with Dean Nalder quitting Cabinet", WAtoday, 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Dean Nalder congratulates 'captain' Colin Barnett, says he won't challenge again", WAtoday, 20 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Liza Harvey announces shock decision to step down as WA Opposition Leader ahead of state election". 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Janet Woollard
Member for Alfred Cove
Preceded by
Matt Taylor
Member for Bateman
Political offices
Preceded by
Troy Buswell
Minister for Transport
Succeeded by
Bill Marmion
Preceded by
Mike Nahan
Minister for Finance
Preceded by
Ken Baston
Minister for Agriculture and Food
Succeeded by
Mark Lewis